Beginner: A custom Yamaha MT-07 from a new Belgian shop

popular wheels and the Waves festival returns to sunny Biarritz next week after a two-year hiatus. So it’s safe to assume that some European workshops are frantically buttoning up their bikes to show off at the event or to take part in the infamous Punks Peak hill climb.

Newcomer Wayders are ahead of the curve, however. They just finished their first custom bike, a Yamaha MT-07 cafe racer, with some time off. And it’s a first knockout performance from the Belgian outfit.

Yamaha MT-07 customized by Wayders
Wayders is a two-man crew, made up of friends Olivier Nadrin and Didier Hermann. Didier is the technical prodigy; he owned the European chip tuning company, Tuning Box, for thirty years. Olivier has a background in photography and videography, so he supports that part of the business.

The guys first connected when they helped each other customize their personal bikes. They eventually launched Wayders, then took it up a notch earlier this year with a new 1,900 square foot workshop, packing everything from heavy tools to a photo studio.

Yamaha MT-07 customized by Wayders
The Yamaha MT-07 is the first custom to come out of the new shop and was built purely to show off the company’s capabilities. We’re more used to seeing XSR700 Customs here, but the guys specifically had the MT-07 in mind as a donor.

“We chose this model because it is in the top 3 of the best-selling bikes in Europe, specifies Olivier, probably because of its affordable price. We like the uniqueness of the bike’s frame, and there aren’t many custom MT-07s.

Yamaha MT-07 customized by Wayders
Wayders started by grafting in a set of 41mm inverted forks, borrowed from the MT-07’s big sister, the MT-09. They also used the MT-09 yokes, but shaved off the OEM speedometer and ignition mounts. A small Daytona speedo now sits in a 3D printed bracket, with the ignition located on the left side of the engine.

A set of adjustable clips are mounted to the forks, fitted with Brembo brake and clutch controls. Wayders retained the original switches, but fitted new Ariette handles and Motogadget turn signals at the end of the handlebars.

Yamaha MT-07 customized by Wayders
A new Wilbers shock has been snug in the rear to complement the upgraded front suspension. But because the stock brakes were left alone, they handle the MT-07’s 74.8bhp and relatively low curb weight very well.

Wayders also kept the 17-inch alloy wheels, but wrapped them in chunky Pirelli Rally STR tires. And if the thought of scrambler tires on a cafe racer gnaws at you, rest assured the guys are considering upgrading to more racy rubber.

Yamaha MT-07 customized by Wayders
Yamaha’s entire MT line is known for its Neo Tokyo-inspired aesthetic. It’s cool in its own way, but it’s also a far cry from the style Wayders was going for here. So they ditched the MT-07’s stock plastics and trimmed its subframe to slim its silhouette.

The result is a machine that plays both sides of the fence. Look at the bottom half and the decidedly modern vibe of the 689cc parallel-twin engine dominates. Isolate the top half and the classic lines of a classic cafe racer will shine through.

Yamaha MT-07 customized by Wayders
To achieve this, Wayders sourced a replica Benelli Mojave fuel tank and then modified it to fit the original MT-07 frame. The stock fuel cap was reused on top and a stealth box was fabricated to house the battery and electronics below.

The livery was executed by Couleurs Ardentes and is inspired by one of Bell’s carbon fiber Bullitt helmet designs. It features a ghost checkered flag pattern, applied using a hydro-dipping technique. Finishing touches include milled aluminum tank badges and gold pinstripes to match the suspension components.

Yamaha MT-07 customized by Wayders
Out back is an all-new subframe, designed to mimic the design language of the rest of Yamaha’s frame. A custom seat sits on top, with upholstery by Atelier Sellerie & Garnissage.

The seat is secured by sliding the front under the rim of the fuel tank and snapping the backrest in place with a magnet. Removing it reveals a 3D printed tray, complete with a handmade leather wallet from Trip Machine Company. There is a small LED taillight built into the underside of it.

Yamaha MT-07 customized by Wayders
Other 3D printed parts are the radiator shrouds, sprocket cover and chain guard. Wayders also installed an LED headlight on bespoke brackets, rear assemblies with custom milled footpegs and a new rear brake master cylinder.

The airbox was ditched for a pair of mesh-covered Velocity Stacks, while the exhaust muffler was replaced with a blacked-out SC Project unit.

Yamaha MT-07 customized by Wayders
Olivier and Didier are days away from loading up their MT-07 and heading to the Basque Country for Wheels and Waves. We’d be shocked if they didn’t come back with a full order book.

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Yamaha MT-07 customized by Wayders

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